Phillips likely to remain in Cincy

Dilip Vishwanat

Contrary to earlier reports, the Reds are likely to retain their All-Star second baseman.

Amidst all of today's hoopla, it has become apparent that the Cincinnati Reds are now unlikely to trade star second baseman Brandon Phillips despite an abundance of prior rumors. The news comes via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Phillips, a 32-year-old three time All-Star, experienced a down year at the plate in 2013. Despite what his gaudy RBI total would suggest, Phillips put up a measly 1.6 WAR last season, as he hit just .261/.310/.396 with a 92 OPS+, well below the 106 OPS+ he posted from 2009-2012. Though he is still a stellar defender at the keystone, Phillips' offensive decline and excessive contract (four more years at a total of $50 million) likely hindered his market value enough for the Reds to conclude that it would be best keeping him.

The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals were among the teams rumored to be interested in Phillips.

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